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The 10 most colorful cities in the world

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I love color and think it’s as cool as houses and other buildings in cities are painted in different colors. Colorful cities always make me very happy. And of course they are super photogenic! I can not help but walk around with a big smile in a town full of colored houses. Colorful cities are great to visit!

I have put the 10 most colorful cities in a row for you!

1. Bo Kaap in Cape Town, South Africa

The Bo Kaap is a picturesque neighborhood with houses in all colors of the rainbow in South Africa. It is the most photographed area of Cape Town and is very popular with tourists because of the painted houses. In total there are about 6,000 people living in this neighborhood and 90% are Muslim. The inhabitants of the Bo-Kaap are descendants of slaves and have painted the houses in all colors after slavery was abolished. This district is a must visit if you are in Cape Town! Cape Town is on top of my list of colorful cities!

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2. Jodhpur, India

The nickname of the city of Jodhpur in India is the “Blue City” and that is because almost all houses in the old town are painted in the color blue. The meaning of the blue painting of the houses was formerly to indicate that the residents belonged to the Brahmamen caste. But nowadays also the other residents have painted the houses blue. It is also believed that blue stops the mosquitoes. Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities in India! In addition to the blue houses, the palaces, fortresses and temples ensure that you can not miss this city when you are in India.

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3. Cinque Terre, Italy

This is not one city, but these are 5 small villages in Italy that are all connected to each other. The five villages of Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore and Vernazza have been built on the coast against the steep cliffs. All houses have a different color and this is a particularly picturesque sight. The area is difficult to reach by car, but there is a walking path that connects the five villages. The view of the villages is breathtakingly beautiful and this must be on your bucket list!

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4. Willemstad, Curaçao

The colored houses in Willemstad in Curaçao are beautifully situated on the quay with a great view of the azure blue sea! The city has about 140,000 inhabitants. When you enter Willemstad, the first thing you immediately notice is the many colored houses. The almost always shining sun creates a beautiful glow on these brightly colored houses. The architecture of the characteristic buildings in Willemstad is of Portuguese and Dutch origin and some call Willemstad the Amsterdam of the Netherlands Antilles.

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5. Chefchaouen, Morocco

The medina of this special town Chefchaouen is painted blue and that is why it is certainly one of the most beautiful medina’s in all of Morocco. You see hundreds of shades of blue here and everything is dyed in a shade of blue! The hue indigo blue, navy blue, cobalt blue, denim blue and all the other shades of blue that you can imagine. The streets, the houses, the doors and everywhere you look, you see that everything is blue. This town is a nice mix of Moroccan and Spanish influences and the language spoken here is Spanish and French. This beautiful town is located in the North of Morocco and is a paradise for photography lovers.

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6. Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad is the most beautiful city in all of Cuba and by UNESCO World Heritage status it is also one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. The houses in the historic center are brightly colored and each cottage has its own bright color. The best thing about Trinidad is to just walk around in the historic center. You take hundreds of photos of the houses and the authentic street scene that are all equally beautiful.

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7. Guatapé, Colombia

The whole village of Guatapé is a treat for your eyes. There is really nothing to do in this small village, but you will be entertained with a few hours wandering around the village and admiring the colorful houses. What’s special is that all houses are painted in at least five different colors. It is about two hours away from Medellín and therefore it is an ideal day trip.

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8. Wroclaw, Poland

This fourth largest city in Poland has found itself at the crossroads of various states and cultures throughout the centuries and there are a multitude of different influences. The buildings in the center of the city have all been given a cheerful color over the years. It is also called the Venice of Poland because of the many canals and bridges.

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9. Burano, Italy

This is an island in the Laguna of Venice and is full of colored houses. Burano is the most colorful island in Italy and from Venice you sail here in an hour. All cottages are painted in bright colors. Every house has its own color and that looks very cheerful.

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10. La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentine

La Boca is a real working-class neighborhood in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. People have painted their house in bright colors to forget the daily sores and poverty. The first inhabitants of this district came from Italy, specifically from the region of Genoa, and therefore there are many European influences to see here. La Boca is a popular neighborhood due to the many colorful houses, the tango clubs and tango dancers and the many Italian taverns.

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These are the 10 most colorful cities! To which of these colorful cities have you ever been?


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